CHOOSING A DOG/PUPPY
Buying Puppies From the Internet
Everything You Wanted to Know About Puppies But Just Forgot to Ask
Finding the Perfect Dog
Getting a 'Used' Dog
How Not to Pick a Rescue Dog
The Pick of the Litter
Puppies From "Working Lines" in Pet Homes
Puppy Preparedness Information
Raising Siblings (Littermates)
Two of a Kind: Handling The Trouble With Littermates What Nobody Told You About Raising a Puppy
Learn to Breed
Facts About Breeding
Want to breed your dog?
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Any breed of dog can display aggressive behavior. Buying a Labrador or Golden Retriever is not going to guarantee that you will avoid aggression towards humans or animals, nor is adopting a Pit Bull a guarantee that you won't. See the section on aggression, above, to learn more about what causes aggression in dogs.
The breed of dog you choose should fit your lifestyle. Working breeds are very active and need more than an evening walk and a 6-week puppy class. All dogs need socialization, structure, environmental management and training.
***Responsible Breeder Checklist***
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BREED BANS/BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION (BSL)
4Paws University is strongly opposed to BSL, which does nothing to make communities safer from dangerous dogs and agree that:
"To state that a breed of dog is aggressive is scientifically impossible. Statistics do not support such a finding. Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years and within all breeds there can be dangerous dogs because of owner issues such as training the dog to attack, lack of training and socialization." -Glen Bui (ACF2004)
***AVSAB Position Statement on BSL - Excellent!***
Breed Ban or Better Pet Selection?
Politics and Pit Bulls
Breed Specific Legislation in the United States
Pit Bull Rescue Central
Find the Pit Bull
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